Istanbul Basaksehir clinches European football for the first time

Istanbul Basaksehir secured European football for the first time in its history as a 2-2 draw at Mersin Idmanyurdu clinched fourth place in the Turkish Super Lig, while champion Galatasaray ended its campaign with a 1-1 tie at Rizespor.

Basaksehir went into its match two points ahead of its nearest challenger Bursaspor and needed to match its result at home to Konyaspor.

The capital club's efforts looked in danger of being for nothing just after the break, however, as quick-fire goals from former Spartak Moscow star Welliton and Oktay Delibalta opened up a 2-0 lead.

The away side battled back brilliantly, though, Doka Madureira pulling one back in the 79th minute, before Edin Visca ensured Basaksehir capitalised on Murat Ceylan's sending off, securing a point three minute from time and giving the club its highest-ever Super Lig finish.

Ultimately a defeat would have had no impact on its chances as Konyaspor held Bursaspor to a 0-0 draw, Australia left-back Aziz Behich coming on as a late substitute for Bursaspor.

That result meant Trabzonspor - which tied 1-1 with Sivasspor - finishes fifth due to the head-to-head rule.

Galatasaray brought its season to a close with a somewhat underwhelming 1-1 stalemate at lowly Rizespor, Umut Bulut firing a header into the net shortly after his 75th-minute introduction, salvaging a point despite Koray Gunter's sending-off a few moments earlier.

Fenerbahce ends the season trailing by three points after beating Kasimpasa 2-0, though it proved to be too little too late for Ismail Kartal's side, which surrendered the title last time out after having four men sent off at Basaksehir.

Already-relegated pair Kayseri Erciyesspor and Karabukspor played out the match of the round, the former emerging a 4-3 winner thanks to a dramatic late turnaround, Orhan Gulle and Edinho scoring in the last 10 minutes to give the club a memorable way to end its top-flight spell.

Elsewhere, rock-bottom Balikesirspor drew 1-1 with Gaziantepspor, Roberto Carlos's Akhisar Belediyespor beat Eskisehirspor 3-1 and Besiktas edged Genclerbirligi, Oguzhan Ozyakup's 82nd-minute goal enough for a 2-1 win.

Source Omnisport